It's a wonderful thing to be able to get married in a special place, somewhere that really holds a spot close to your heart. Often the sweetest memories are the ones we make in our own homes or at the locations where we have spent many happy days with the people that we love. I have noticed a trend over the past few years here in the Raleigh area where more and more couples are choosing to get married in their own backyards and I could not be happier!
In my experience, backyard weddings tend to be a tad more 'laid back when it comes to the general atmosphere, a situation which always lends itself to creating better and more numerous candid photography moments for me to capture (my favorite thing!). I think maybe it's because when you're invited to a wedding at someones home, there is that underlying "house party" vibe to the reception which usually means that people are more likely to relax and be themselves and are thus more likely 'step out there and have fun with one another.
This wedding day that I photographed in Garner NC a few weeks ago was no exception when it comes to the fun category!
After a quick no-look-first-look-session between the couple, my clients J & J held their ceremony in their own wooded backyard under a stately Oak as the late afternoon sunlight filtered through its gnarled branches. The wedding was officiated by a family friend and was just as sweet as can be.
Once the wedding ended, we captured the family photos and then a few a few couples portraits in the yard before heading over to the event tent they had set up to enjoy the reception. J & J's party game was on point as there were plenty of things to do for their guests of all ages to enjoy once dinner had ended. There were multiple games (Jenga, Corn Hole, board games,etc.) bubbles everywhere, and even an awesome photobooth bus on site so that they and their guests could party the night away in funny hats.
Did I mention that they had a mini Ewok campsite set up at the DJ tent? I swear I am the luckiest photographer in the world to get to work with people like J & J. Yep, this wedding day was something special indeed!
Check the photos below...
So, if you've taken the time to scroll this far down in this post and are a Star Wars fan and are in need of a wedding photographer here in North Carolina, contact me ASAP because I want to work with you! Code word is "Ewok" and maybe you will get a discount of some sort. Better be a legit fan though or we will not work well together haha!
Cheers to J & J!
If you have any questions about my photography or would like to discuss the possibility of me photographing your own backyard wedding here in NC please contact me anytime!